Student Blog: All-State Mixed Choir

All-State 2014-2015

By Emma Schneider

Before this experience I had never been in an honor choir before, in fact I hadn’t been in choir very long, so I had no idea what to expect and what was expected of me. The anticipation of the first day kept me up the night before. I wasn’t disappointed in the end.

The first day started out rough, we disappointed our conductor, Dr. Brad Holmes. I don’t think I’ve been more ashamed of myself in my life. To be honest I don’t really know what happened, but between the end of day one and the start of day two we improved exponentially. That exponential growth continued throughout the rest of the week. By the end I didn’t recognize the choir I was singing in, we sounded so much better. We grew as a choir and, speaking for myself, as individuals. That week was probably one of the hardest I have ever had musically, but the outcome was well worth the effort.

It’s a very different atmosphere to be surrounded by people who are as passionate about singing as I am. It’s nice to know that there are hundreds of students outside of our school who feel as strongly about music as I do. As a senior looking forward to music beyond high school this experience comforts me and reminded me that I will find passionate people everywhere. I guess I don’t know what else to say other than I wouldn’t exchange this experience for another two weeks of summer vacation.